Region 4

This is a collection of all the Region 4 Waterfowl Reports

SLATE CREEK WETLANDS WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 1/23/2014

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 20 ducks on the area, mostly mallards.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank: 9

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
Frozen
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair 
Comments

Reminder that Low Plains Late Zone starts Oct. 26 thru Dec. 29, 2013 AND Jan. 18 - 26, 2014.

Please remember to fill out both top and bottom of your daily hunting permits. The information helps me manage the area for you guys and wildlife. Thanks for the sportsmen that do fill them out completely.

 All hunters must pick up and fill out free daily hunting permits located at all the parking lots on the area. These permits must be carried with you while hunting at SCWL, and returned to the permit boxes once hunting activities are complete for the day. Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 3/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers There are no snow geese on the lake Friday. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full and inflows are good. All marshes but one have been filled.
Hunting conditions All open water. 
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments The hunting permits required for the past several years have been eliminated. Hunters do not need a daily permit to hunt.



CHENEY - Last Updated: 1/30/2014

Waterfowl numbers  Canada 1067, Snow 73,
Water level  At conservation pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments With the lake being full and having flooded brush conditions for waterfowl this year should be better than the past few years.



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 3/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers No snow geese at this time.  Approximately 2,700 ducks of mixed species.    
Water levels 1.35 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 3/17.
Hunting conditions Fair.  Significant stands of food producing vegetation exist within upper reaches of the lake this year.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments Duck and Dark Goose seasons are CLOSED.  The Light Goose Conservation Order is in effect through April 30.  



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 2/17/2014

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: Approximately 300 ducks, mostly goldeneye and mallard.

Geese: Approximately 5,700 Canada Geese.

Mallard Migration Rank = 2

Water level Lake is at 1338.68' as of 02/12 (conservation pool 1339.0')
Hunting conditions Difficult.   Lake is approximately 99% covered.  Ice conditions and thickness are highly variable and changing rapidly.
Expected hunting success Duck Season is CLOSED.  Canada and White-Fronted Goose Season CLOSED.   Waterfowl numbers and lake conditions will change daily.
Comments

NOTE: El Dorado is located within the Low Plains Southeast Duck Zone.

Youth Season - Oct. 26-27, 2013

Regular Season - Nov. 2-3, 2013 AND Nov. 16, 2013 - Jan. 26, 2014

Canada Geese - Oct. 26 - Nov. 3, 2013 AND Nov. 6, 2013 - Feb. 9, 2014

White-Fronted Geese - Oct. 26 - Dec. 29, 2013 AND Feb. 1-9, 2014



KAW WILDLIFE AREA WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 1/23/2014

Waterfowl numbers There is approximately 80 ducks and 30 geese on the area.  Waterfowl should start using the river more when other body of waters freeze shut.
Mallard Migration Rank=9 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Good
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Fair to Good
Comments  



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 7/1/2014

Waterfowl numbers A few resident mallards and a handful of blue-winged teal
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 0

This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water level

Excellent!  Recent rains have filled all but a few marshes.  Water was pumped into all of the storage pools in the Big Basin.  Currently, storage pools

are at approximately 80% capacity.

Hunting conditions NA.  Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across most of the area.
Expected hunting success NA. 
Comments

DUCK AND DARK GOOSE SEASON ARE CLOSED!

 

MPWL harvest results as of 2/3/14:

Season totals: 3,660 hunters have harvested 6,011 ducks.

This surpasses our single season harvest record (3,214) set in 2008.

Hunters have also harvested 482 pheasants, which also surpasses our single season harvest record of 474 harvested in 2004.

Also reported were:

17 geese

6 quail

959 doves

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

Newsletter:

We are currently producing a McPherson Valley Wetlands electronic newsletter that will be distributed bi-annually. The newsletter will highlight season results, upcoming projects, forecasted fall flights, and other information that hunters / users should be aware of if they plan to visit the area. If you are interested in recieving this newsletter please Click here.

For refuge locations, please see the link McPherson Wetlands brochure and map on the McPherson Wetlands web page for these changes or contact the area office for more information at (620)-241-7669.

All hunters must pick up and fill out free daily hunting permits located at all the parking lots on the area. These permits must be carried with you while hunting at MPWL, and returned to the permit boxes once hunting activities are complete for the day. Also, all shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgement before entering these roadways. IF ROADS ARE WET, PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL ON THEM!



MARION - Last Updated: 2/7/2014

Waterfowl Numbers  
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating= 2 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1350.00 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Poor. 100% of the reservoir is covered with ice at this time. Lake levels are just below conservation pool and the North end of the reservoir, French Creek cove, all of the smaller coves and the shorelines have flooded vegetation.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments Bald eagle have been a common sight this winter at the reservoir and are often seen on the ice near waterfowl or perched in trees near the shoreline. Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on. Ice has been freezing and thawing and may not be safe to venture out on!!!